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Cellist Zuill Bailey and the legacy of Rostropovich

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Cellist Zuill Bailey grew up in Washington DC where he regularly heard the great Mstislav Rostropovich, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
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Zuill Bailey had just finished a concert in Hawaii when his agent called asking if he could replace Truls Mork, who was to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra. 

One day, a 60 degrees temperature change and 10 time zones later, Bailey was at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis ready to go. 

This 35-year-old rising star carries a slightly larger than average cello made by the 18th-century Italian, Matteo Goffriller that packs a bigger punch than most cellos. 

Bailey also carries the legacy of a larger-than-life cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, whom Bailey frequently heard when he was growing up in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota Public Radio's Brian Newhouse spoke with Bailey from the stage of Orchestra Hall.